Jack Knowlton and Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, the first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby, schooled in Belmont Park's paddock Saturday afternoon for about 15 minutes after the second race.
After nine fillies scratched out of the Hilltop Stakes when the race was switched from the soggy turf to the good main track, the lead was left to Michael Gill's City Fire. She promptly dashed to the front and never looked back, winning by three lengths in 1:44.30 for the 1-1/16 mile distance.
Acclaimed Racing Stable's 5-year-old gray horse Love the Game provided an exciting finish to the $75,000 Carterista Handicap at Calder Race Course Saturday, running down the pacesetter, Honorable Pic, in the final strides to win by one length.
Funny Cide's trainer Barclay Tagg responded with indignation to the Kentucky Racing Commission investigation into whether rider Jose Santos may have been carrying an illegal object when he rode the New York-bred to victory in last Saturday's Run for the Roses.
Joseph V. Shields Jr.'s homebred House Party and jockey Jose Santos waited patiently for an opportunity in mid-stretch and squeezed through an opening to surprise 3-5 favorite Cyber Secret in the $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.
Favored Shake You Down put away Here's Zealous in the stretch and went on to win Saturday's $108,400 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park in gate-to-wire fashion.
Golden Eagle Farm's Snow Chief Stakes winner Chief Planner worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 handily over a fast main track at Santa Anita Friday. Regular rider Dana Barnes was in the irons for the move, which was sixth fastest of 24 who went five panels on the morning.
The blue colors of Godolphin Racing are back in Southern California. Trainer Eoin Harty has entrusted 44 of the Maktoum Family's runners to the care of his new assistant, Alex Hassinger.
The post Ginger Gold drew for Sunday's $172,950 George C. Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine doesn't suggest it, but trainer Sid Attard is hoping for a little luck when the champion grey makes her return to racing.
Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Speightstown, making his first appearance in more than 21 months, upset Breeders' Cup Classic champion Volponi by a long neck in Friday's $56,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.
The 4-year-old half-brother to Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide is scheduled to test his talent under the famed Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in an allowance race on Sunday's Mother's Day racing card.
HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will offer a steady stream of live coverage from Pimlico Race Course next week in advance of the May 13 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Undefeated Vindication, last year's champion 2-year-old male, has returned to light training, according to his owners.
Multiple graded stakes winner Carson Hollow will carry highweight in the $150,000 Genuine Risk Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Belmont Park
Catherine Wills' and Peter Karches' Dynever has been installed as the 7/5 favorite for Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) over nine furlongs.
Trainer Neil Drysdale is anxious to tighten the girth on Storming Home for his United States debut in the $400,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on turf Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Chilean-bred Piensa Sonando, winner of the Native Diver Handicap here in December, worked four furlongs in :50 on the Hollywood Park main track Thursday for the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.
Men's Exclusive seeks to become the first 10-year-old to win a stakes race at Hollywood Park Saturday in the $200,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) at six furlongs.
Frank C. Calabrese's Fight for Ally, seeking his sixth straight win, carries top impost of 117 pounds for Saturday's $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington Park.
Seven furlongs may not be the ideal distance for him to make his seasonal debut at Woodbine on Saturday, but trainer Ross Armata Jr. reminds that T J's Lucky Moon, 2002 Queen's Plate winner, knows a thing or two about winning against the odds.
A field of nine has been entered for Saturday's $100,000 Ascot Handicap for 3-year-olds on the turf at Bay Meadows.
Wayne Catalano, Arlington Park's trainer champion for two of the past three seasons, and Rene Douglas, back-to-back riding leader at the Chicago-area track, return to defend their titles at the 108-day meeting, which begins Friday.
Bob and Beverly Lewis' Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) runner-up Santa Catarina will make her next start in the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico on May 16, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Multiple graded stakes winner Posse leads a field of seven 3-year-old colts set for Saturday's $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs.
South African champion Ipi Tombe, a dazzling winner over males in the Dubai Duty Free on the Dubai World Cup undercard, turned in her second U.S. breeze on Thursday for new trainer Elliott Walden.
There is usually little surprise when trainer Scott Lake moves a horse up off a claim. However, the improvement in Shake You Down since he was claimed by Lake for himself on March 12 is astounding.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide, with assistant trainer Robin Smullen up, headed to the Belmont main track for a routine 12-furlong jog this morning.
Trainers constantly monitor the weather to see if track conditions will suit their runners. That is especially true for Saturday at Belmont as some are wishing for rain while others hope the sun will shine.
Dynever, the easy winner of the $250,000 Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park in his last start, drew post five in a field of 13 3-year-olds for Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.
Representatives of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association plan to meet with Turfway Park president Bob Elliston May 13 to discuss the possibility of holding live Quarter Horse races at the track.
Stronach Stables' Milwaukee Brew, working Wednesday for the first time since winning the March 1 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), logged a half-mile in :49 1/5 handily under jockey Patrick Valenzuela.
British Columbia import Shacane worked three furlongs in :37 under Jose Valdivia, Jr. at Hollywood Park Wednesday for his United States debut Saturday in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II).
Front-running The Tin Man is the 123-pound high weight for the $400,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at 1 1/2 mile at Hollywood Park Saturday.
Crowned Dancer, among the leaders of Southern California's Triple Crown hopefuls last year, will attempt to show he belongs with the best of this year's 3-year-old crop in Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III).
Black Ruby, the "Secretariat of Mules," will square off with her archrival Taz in the first pari-mutuel mule race ever held at Los Alamitos Race Course on May 23. The two popular mules will compete in a $10,000 Battle of the Titans match race at 300 yards.
Apprentice sensation Ryan Fogelsonger rode his 400th career winner this afternoon when St. Johns Prospect won Wednesday's fifth race.
It appears that Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide will van down to Pimlico from New York on May 14, a day after the New York-bred puts in his final Preakness work. Owner Jack Knowlton informed Maryland Jockey Club officials of his horse's plans for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Wednesday afternoon.
My Boston Gal, winner of the Golden Rod (gr. II) and Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II), is scheduled to undergo throat surgery later this week after the 3-year-old filly suffered a breathing problem in her fifth-place finish in last week's 129th running of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Three years after William Landes III's Roxelana scored the most important victory of her racing career in a dazzling 11 3/4-length romp in the $100,000 La Troienne (gr. III), the 6-year-old mare was sent home May 1.
Chisholm, Jarvis and Reddam's Ten Most Wanted, the ninth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as the third choice in the field of 16, may turn up next in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to Aimee Dollase, trainer Wally Dollase's daughter and assistant.
Buckram Oak Farm's Najran shattered the one-mile track record at Belmont Park on the opening day card with an impressive victory in the Westchester Handicap (gr. III). His time for the one-turn mile was a blistering 1:32.24.
Grade II winner Domestic Dispute, who was purchased by David Bienstock and Chuck Winner for an undisclosed sum from breeder Gary Garber just days before finishing 10th in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will remain at Churchill Downs for the next several weeks, trainer Paddy Gallagher said.
Even though the weights won't be released until Friday, a field of nine is probable for the Pimlico Special (gr. I). Returning after a year's hiatus, Maryland's premier race for older horses will be run on Friday, May 16, the day before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Norberto Arroyo Jr. won the first race of the Belmont Park meet May 7, but his day was cut short by a frightening spill at the start of the fourth race.
Trainer Jeff Mullins said Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Buddy Gil will undergo arthroscopic surgery either Wednesday or Thursday to remove a small bone chip in the left front ankle.
Sackatoga Stable's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide, is scheduled to school in the Belmont paddock on opening day, May 10. The exact time of Funny Cide's schooling will be determined later this week.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse broke the record of six group I wins over the 4-day Australian Jockey Club's Fall meeting when Hasna easily won the Champagne Stakes (Aust-I) on the final day, May 3.
Darkhorses Hishi Miracle and Sunrise Jaeger turned the tables on the top picks May 4 at Kyoto with a one-two surprise finish in the spring Emperor's Cup (Jpn-I).
The eyes of the racing word shift from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course as the Visa Triple Crown players set their sights on Baltimore for the 128th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Buffythecenterfold and jockey Victor Espinoza looped the leaders on the turn for home and went on to win the $107,200 Railbird Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Hollywood Park.
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